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Jun
19

Beating the Heat

Posted By · June 19, 2012 at 1:04 pm

This will be our 8th day of 90-degree heat this year. The average? 18 days each year. We won’t quite get to record territory, but we will be 10 degrees above average with a high of 93. If you want to beat the heat, seek shade or air conditioning, because Mother Nature won’t be doing us any favors.

Today is also the 15th straight day officially for Indy without any measurable rain. We’re now around 2 1/2″ below average for the month and nearly 5″ below average for the year. We need rain!

Our next chance of rain comes Thursday. Unfortunately, it’s not a very good chance. Look for about a 60% chance of rain north and west of Lafayette with up to 1/2″ possible. From Indy points north and west to Lafayette, I’m expecting about a 30% chance of showers and storms with maybe up to 1/4″ of rain. South and east of Indy, the front looks like it really falls apart – meaning rain chances drop to around 20% and rain totals may only be up to 1/10″.

Behind the front, Friday will bring slightly cooler air in the 80s. We could see a shower or storm Saturday night to Sunday morning (again with very little rain expected), but it does look like a little heat relief to start next week with mid 80s in your WTHR-TV 7-day.

Finally, our WTHR-TV Hoosier Pic at noon: Guiness the dog knows how to beat the heat! He spends time in the pool! Great pic from Amanda Kilgore of the BAM Chase Team. Submit your pic! Just post it on WTHR’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WTHR13

Stay Cool!
-Chikage
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Jun
18

The Heat is On!

Posted By · June 18, 2012 at 1:02 pm

We hit 86 degrees at noon in Indianapolis and should easily warm into the low 90s for highs with mostly sunny skies. It will be a breezy afternoon with winds gusting over 20 mph. Get used the the heat…it’s not going anywhere.

While we’d love to see some rain, it won’t happen for the next few days. So if you want to beat the heat, you may want to head to your neighborhood pool. Highs today will be close to but won’t quite reach the record. 92 is my forecast this afternoon and the record is 96 set in 1994.

If you are out and about, don’t forget the shades and sunscreen! Today’s UV Index is a 9 – Very High. You could burn in 15 minutes or less.

Looking ahead in your WTHR-TV 7-Day, you won’t find much heat or rain relief. Our next chance (only a chance) arrives Thursday. Right now it looks like about a 30-50% chance of rain north and west of Indianapolis but only a 20% chance of rain south and east of Indy. Unfortunately, even if we do get rain, it looks like less than 1/4″ possible. There’s another slight chance of rain early Sunday morning – mainly for the northeastern third of the state.

Finally, our WTHR-TV Hoosier Pic at noon. The Harvey Family submitted their Father’s Day sign: “I love my Dad because…” So cute! Submit your pic on WTHR’s Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/WTHR13

Take Care!

Take Care,
-Chikage
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Jun
17

Hot and Dry Weather Returns

Posted By · June 17, 2012 at 11:14 pm

Only a couple lonely spots reaped the benefits of rain on Father’s Day. Storms in Illinois died and dissipated before reaching Indy Sunday morning, then very isolated showers developed east of Indy during the evening. The result: 13 straight days with no measurable precipitation at Indianapolis International Airport.

24-hour rainfall estimates were highest north and west of Lafayette with about a third of an inch. But most spots were like Indy: dry.

Extra clouds held the temperatures down a bit on Sunday. Our high was 88 (still above the average of 83). Starting Monday, we’ll see 90s return as a warm front lifts northward through the state. Along the way, there’s a very small chance of a shower Monday morning mainly north/east of Indy. The majority of us will yet again be dry and that dry streak may not end until Thursday. Late Thursday and early Friday, we’ll have a shot at some rain, but most computer models bring very little in the way of totals for us…which means even if we do get rain, it won’t even make a dent in our worsening drought. Though 90s will be the rule for much of your WTHR-TV 7-Day, we won’t be in record territory. Records are in the mid 90s to 100 this upcoming week. The Summer Solstice arrives at 7:09 pm Wednesday – and we’ll definitely be feeling the summer swelter with the hottest day of the year possible.

Hang in there,
-Chikage
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Jun
16

Scattered Showers and Storms for Father’s Day

Posted By · June 16, 2012 at 11:21 pm

While some parts of Indiana did receive some much-needed rain Saturday, most of the Hoosier State remained hot and dry. But there’s the chance of some scattered showers and t-storms overnight (mainly after 2am) and again on Father’s Day from morning to afternoon. If you’re lucky, you might get around 1/2″ of rain (more in any slow-moving downpours). There will also be plenty of dry time for any outdoor Father’s Day plans.

So who got the rain Saturday? Parts of Warren county got an estimated 6″ of rain prompting flood warnings. More than 3″ of rain fell in parts of Fountain County per radar estimates. And more than 2″ in parts of Montgomery. Heavy rain also fell in East-Central Indiana from Wayne County to Jay County. But remained bone dry in the Indy Metro.

Here’s a closer look at some of the heavy rain from radar estimates. We did receive a report from a weather spotter in Rob Roy (Fountain County) who measured 4.12″ of rain there and reported some small hail and minor wind damage.

We hit 93 on Saturday – the hottest since September 3rd and just 3 degrees shy of a record! It was our 6th day this year of 90+ heat. Father’s Day will bring a bit of heat relief. The added clouds and better rain chances should hold high temps in the 80s.

The cool-down won’t last long! By Monday we’re back in the 90s through most of the week. Our next chance of rain after Father’s Day arrives Thursday to Friday in your WTHR-TV 7-Day.

Happy Father’s Day!
-Chikage

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Jun
16

Finally a Chance of Rain This Weekend

Posted By · June 16, 2012 at 6:53 am

With 88% of the state currently in a drought, what we need is rain! And we may finally get some this weekend. Late today, some isolated showers or storms are possible (about a 20% chance).

Tonight, there’s the chance of a few storms that could turn strong to severe from Chicagoland to Central Indiana. There’s a 15% chance of severe hail, 15% chance of damaging wind, and 2% chance of an isolated tornado. While we don’t want severe storms, any that do form could bring some good downpours to bring some drought relief. We’ll keep scattered showers and storms in the forecast for your Father’s Day as well.

Yesterday’s high reached 91 and we could get just as hot (maybe a little hotter) today. I’m forecasting a high of 92. That’s 10 degrees above average and just 4 degrees shy of the record for this day set in 1913.

It’s another Knozone Action Day, so try to refuel after 6, combine errands, and if your grass is growing enough to need a mow, hold off til this evening if you can.

Air Quality Alerts continue for most of the Indy Metro, Bloomington, Columbus, and Brownstown. Air Quality will be in the CODE ORANGE – Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups – Category, which means if you’re elderly or very young or have any respiratory problems, it may become more difficult to breathe during the heat of the afternoon. Take Care!

Tomorrow, we’ll get a little bit of heat relief as well as a chance of some scattered showers and storms for Father’s Day. It won’t be a washout, but up to 1/2″ of rain is possible in some spots with a high of 86.

What’s ahead? After a brief day in the 80s for Father’s Day, we jump back to the 90s for much of next week. We’ve already had 5 days of 90-degree heat this year so far! There’s another chance at rain late Thursday and Friday in your WTHR-TV 7-Day.

Have a great weekend!
-Chikage
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Jun
12

No Rain Anytime Soon

Posted By · June 12, 2012 at 1:10 pm

Our dry weather could turn dangerous this afternoon due to lowering humidity and breezy winds. The combination will make for increased wildfire danger through the day.

This month, we’ve only had 0.05″ of rain officially for Indy…and for the year so far, we’re running nearly 4″ below average! We desperately need rain, but with high pressure in charge for the foreseeable future, it doesn’t look likely. I have added a chance of an isolated shower or storm, but not until Monday.

After highs in the low 80s, we’ll have a pleasant evening ahead for the Indians game with a first pitch forecast of 78 degrees. The big difference: it will be much less humid than recent days.

We’ll keep that cooler/drier/less humid feel through midweek, but by the end of the week, a warm front ushers in hot and humid air for Father’s Day weekend when we could see 90s return!

Finally, our WTHR-TV Hoosier Pic at noon thanks to photographer David Lawrence who posted this gorgeous duck photo on our facebook page. He took it Saturday at Lilly Pond. If you’d like to share a pic, just post it on WTHR’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WTHR13

Keep on watering,
-Chikage
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Jun
11

Best Rain Chance All Week

Posted By · June 11, 2012 at 12:55 pm

Our recent dry weather has now made history. In the month from May 10th to June 10th, Indy officially received only 0.65″ of rain. That’s the least in recorded history, even less than during the Drought of 1988 when 0.97″ of rain fell during that stretch. We need rain and our best chance comes today through early tonight with scattered showers and a few storms possible. It’s no guarantee we’ll get much rain and some spots may get missed altogether, so keep those sprinklers going! For now, I’m holding on to hope of up to 1/4″ of rain. After that, we’ll return to dry weather for the rest of the week.

A cold front moves through tonight and behind it, we’ll have slightly cooler and less humid air move in for a couple of days. But late week into Father’s Day weekend, we’ll be flirting with upper 80s to 90 yet again! Looking at the medium-range forecasts, there could be another decent rain chance, but not until the 22nd!

Finally, here’s our Hoosier Pic at Noon Monday – a wedding photo from Debbie Sizemore submitted on our WTHR-TV Facebook page. Debbie’s daughter Jamie (the bridge) and Jeremy Garrett (the groom) posed with a carton of ice cream for a pic – fitting on a hot summer day, especially since Jeremy is in ice cream sales! Submit your pic: https://www.facebook.com/WTHR13

I have my fingers crossed for rain!
-Chikage
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Jun
10

Hot Today… Rain in Sight

Posted By · June 10, 2012 at 5:17 am

Another hot day with above average warmth is ahead… and there’s finally rain on the horizon!

Highs will reach the upper 80s today with a little more humidity and partly cloudy skies for the afternoon.  We’ll get a southeast breeze up to 10mph today.

Tonight, clouds will be on the increase, and after midnight, scattered showers and thunderstorms are possible.

Scattered showers and thunderstorms remain in the forecast Monday as highs top out in the low 80s.  Our chance for rain ends by Tuesday morning.  At this time, up to a half an inch of rain looks possible.  Some spots may see more.  So far for the month of June, Indy has only picked up .05″ of rain.  We are running 3.59″ below normal for the year. 

Wednesday temps reach the low 80s, which is normal for this time of year.  By next weekend we could be talking the upper 80s again. 

Our next chance of rain doesn’t appear in the 7 day forecast until Sunday.

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